Sunrise Ferry to the Island!

Te squirming sounds tires and softly horns around are the most welcoming as you enter Dar es salaam City Center. Yet so empty and calm to find groups of night watchers enjoying their locally blended coffee, served by “Mama Ntilie”

That is what you see as you are in rushy to catch the sunrise ferry to Zanzibar Unguja Island. The friendliness of the people is what to expect especially to tourists; the port porters will welcome you to carry your luggage for 1$, the other small businesses men and women will close by to sale! Don’t worry the price, you can negotiate to 50%-60% off and that is the funny of it.

The Azam Fast Ferries offer daily multiple 2 hours top ferry connecting Tanzania Mainland and the Beautiful Islands. You need a valid ID mostly for tourists a Passport to get tickets. Prices starts at 35$ for tourists and for locals at 25,000/= TZS. They cruise the wavy Indian ocean with their Kilimanjaro Series Flag Vessels.

Outise Dar es salaam Azam Marine be sure to spot two distinctive buildings; Old Boma and St. Joseph Cathedral RC.

The Old Boma is one of the city’s oldest buildings. It is located at the crossing of Morogoro Road and Sokoine Drive, facing the harbor and adjacent to the City Hall. It was built in 1866-67 by Majid bin Said, sultan of Zanzibar, close to his palace (now demolished). He also commissioned other buildings in the same area, such as the White Fathers’ House.Under German colonial rule it was restored and enlarged. Distinctive features of the building include the zanzibari-style carved wooden door and coral stone walls.

The Boma now houses the Dar Es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage (DARCH) which is a tourist information center and also has a permanent exhibition on the architectural evolution of Dar Es Salaam.

Now the sunrise departs at 07:00AM to the Island. The sun decks are good to enjoy sunrises and the ocean weather.

Zanzibar (/ˈzænzɪbɑːr/; Swahili: Zanzibar; Arabic: زنجبار‎, translit. Zanjibār) is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site.

-from wikipedia, read full here

The quick things to see are the two famous islands just outside Dar es salaam; Bongonyo and Mbudya. These two islands saves as an escape retreat to many. They are frequently visited and today several small operated boats take trips to them.

Also enjoy seeing fishermen return back to coast with nets full of fishes. The Dar es salaam Fish Market should be in your bucket list while in Dar es salaam.

The rest is enjoying bumpy water and the 34 knots power of the Kilimanjaro Vessel as you approach the Zanzibar Island. The same parts repeats though this side the Chumbe Island and Changuu (Prison) Islands are must see.

Then the spice smell would tell you “Hakuna Matata” get off enter the island and start the adventure.

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